We started by reading Glad Monster Sad Monster by Ed Emerley & Anne Miranda. On each page there is a different colored monster sharing activities he does that cause him to feel a certain way (happy, silly, sad, etc.). There is also a fold out page that becomes a mask for the reader to wear, unmasking their emotion! Students enjoy seeing me put on the funny monster masks that describe his current feeling and can relate to his experiences.
Next, I explained that we can think about feelings through different colors just like the monsters. We filled in a large chart together that described each color in terms of an emotion. Most of the students connected to the monsters and could remember every color/emotion combo from the story.
Finally, I gave instructions to students that they will get to color in their own body outline, just like the coloring book, with their emotions. If they were feeling really happy, they would color a lot of yellow. If they were feeling a little mad, they would color a little mad. As students were coloring, I circulated around the room to validate and process their feelings that they've colored. Most of them were feeling VERY happy and VERY silly, and we also had some that were experiencing a little bit of every feeling!